Amidst strong criticism of governments’ responses to the swine flu H1N1 hysteria, nearly half of the more than 150 million swine flu vaccines purchased by the feds for the American public will be incinerated after starting to expire earlier this week.
Economist Robert Higgs wrote a paper in 1997 arguing that “regime uncertainty” — “a pervasive uncertainty among investors about the security of their property rights in their capital and its prospective returns” owing to the constant barrage of regulation emanating from the Franklin Roosevelt administration and its bureaucracies — was a significant contributor to prolonging the Great Depression. Investors were skittish about putting their money to work when they didn’t know what new, destructive government policies the next day might bring, so they just sat on all that capital. Without capital investment, the economy ground to a halt.
From the “more is better” school of thought comes the idea that more of anything, including healthcare treatments is better, yet studies show that ‘overtreatment’ of incurable diseases has sometimes worked to the detriment of patients. They are being over-treated up to the point of death. Whether those treatments are patient- or doctor-driven is another question.
President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, into law on March 23. Immediately several U.S. Representatives and Senators introduced bills to repeal this unconstitutional government intrusion into the healthcare system; some had even introduced their bills before Obama had affixed his signature to the act.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on June 23 released a report entitled ObamaCare: Three Months of Broken Promises. The 41-page document (PDF) serves simultaneously as an exposé of the lies Democrats told to get ObamaCare passed and as an advertisement for the Republican alternative.